Welcome to the new i-194 Waiver Forum

i194waiverposted 4 years ago

We wanted to take a moment to welcome everyone to our new forum. New here? Take a moment and start with the About section at the top of this page. Already a forum member? We know that the switch over is going to be a little bumpy so please bear with it while we get through this transition. With the changes we’ve moved to a more robust server, updated the site authentication and revised the software for more modern browsers. Some other highlights are listed below.


  • Sub forums. We now have an off-topic (general unrelated discussions) and waiver services sub forum (for advertising and professional discussion)
  • Better markdown. More styles are available to enhance your post
  • Moderators. We’ve implemented new software which will allow our moderators to better ensure discussions stay civil and on topic
  • Better mobile experience. If you visit on your phone, you should see a better, easier to navigate experience
  • Related news headlines on the left should be now more on-topic
  • Overall improved style formatting, discussion preview on the index pages

While the forums have gone through some testing, we still expect there to be some funky things happening. If you find a bug please reply below. Also take a look at the known issues.

Known issues

List will be updated as issues are found
  • Post page numbers are sometimes wacky and out of sync for older posts which might result in bookmarks not linking to the correct post. We’re working on a way to resolve this one. Stay tuned
  • Formatting for older appended titles can be unusually huge. We’re working on a new stylesheet to correct this

That's all for now... more soon. Your comments are appreciated.

[ WaiverCan appended this reply on December 15, 2019 @ 8:46 pm ]

New issue which has been corrected: In the email subscription feed some titles were showing as THEME_RE instead of the proper title.

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Someone posted a link to a page that details how many waivers are currently being processed, broken down by each quarter. It was up to date until at least September 2023. I can't find it anywhere? Does anyone know where it is?

@J Rogers did you post it?

anyhope replied 1 week ago   #23

Does anyone ever get waivers for Schedule I drug offences or is it an automatic no?

I had 1/2 a pill of MDMA with me at a border crossing 25 years ago (1999) when I was 19 (it wasn't even mine and was more like garbage in saran wrap). I was never charged or denied entry but it created a flag on the CBP system. It caused no problems until 2004 when one officer decided I should be inadmissible, but then he did not actually deny me entry. I inquired about a waiver but was told it wasn't needed. After that I carried proof that I had no criminal record and proof that I had no expunged record for all border crossings and had to spend extra time. This worked until 2015 when one officer made me make a sworn statement about the original incident and definitively made me inadmissible. I finally have an application in and I've been waiting 7.5 months, but I notice that nearly no one here mentions anything worse than marajuana.

anyhope replied 2 weeks ago   #22

@Ana From personal experience: i was getting 1-year waivers for ~7 years after conviction, and then 5-years after that. Waiver #4 was my first 5-year. Those early years were a grind.

lorenzo replied 2 weeks ago   #21

Hi @J Rogers
Could you please shed some light on how frequently first time applicants get 5 year waivers ? What are the circumstances that lead them to approve for longer periods of time as opposed to just the 1 year? Thanks in advance.

Ana replied 5 months ago   #20

I did mine May 5th, I’m still waiting. Honestly tired of waiting. @Waiting11

Beu replied 1 year ago   #19

Any information on anyone that did there’s May 5?

Waiting11 replied 1 year ago   #18

@ginette eudes

I think you need to "re-evaluate" how Homeland Security works. Imagine your an officer doing waivers all day. The waivers are complete, the letters sincere and heartfelt, and people are begging to be let into the United States.

Then, you get an application that says "you already have my information. Look it up".

I think if I was that officer, I would send you a request for DOUBLE the information I would normally need.

Your ASKING a foreign country for entry, and they said yes. Upon renewal, you KNOW if you give them what they want, they will say yes. But out of sheer (you can decide what) you decided to NOT do it the way they like.

You want to spend less effort to get a waiver, than I expended in writing this. LOL

J Rogers replied 2 years ago   #17

On e-safe,,is there a place where i can say it's for a renewal,they must have all the informations from 5 yrs ago??

ginette eudes replied 2 years ago   #16

To renew waiver, do we have to go thru the same process again; to fill up i-192 all over again or is t
here another way??

ginette eudes replied 2 years ago   #15

@ginette @Arnold

You file a new waiver through e-SAFE. The airports are NOT doing this. The forum has pages and pages of how to apply but if you don't want to read, call me.


J Rogers replied 2 years ago   #14

how to renew i-194??

ginette eudes replied 2 years ago   #13

I-194 waiver forum, to assist in the I-192 waiver application process. Waiver wait times. Canadians who have been denied entry into the U.S..
Canada; Palau; Federated States of Micronesia; Marshall Islands. Note: If you are seeking admission under the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) under INA section ...

sophiaabigail replied 2 years ago   #12
dilip2msncom replied 2 years ago   #11

@J Rogers
The waiver( I-194) i have is for 5 years and expires Feb 13, 2022. I need to be in the U.S April 8-13.
The telephone message is that the renewal progam is cancelled and has been for some trime
I do not know if the I 194 is automatically extended or if a waiver can be obtained to cover my trip.
This is what should be done first, but who do you speak to to do it?
If you can do this , let me know, please

Arnold Leonard Varah replied 2 years ago   #10


I have not been able to get a reply to my phone calls at the Toronto Airport U.S border agency for months. Many attempts to use services in the U.S have gone nowhere.. If you can advise me how to proceed, it would be appreciated.

Arnold Leonard Varah replied 2 years ago   #9

@Arnold Leah Vera

You have plenty of time to get a waiver before April, and I have been getting my clients waivers since May 2021.

Who told you you could not renew your waiver?

Call me if you want 416-843-1371

John Rogers

J Rogers replied 2 years ago   #8

@Arnold Leonard Varah
The office is not closed. Reapply and you may have a new i194 before April.

BackToUSA replied 2 years ago   #7

I have an 1-194 5 year temporary admission to the U.s pursuant to Section 2129D)(3)(A)(ii) for business and pleasure (B1/B2) that expires on Feb 13, 2022/ I have an imporant family afffair on April 8.to Apr 13, 2022. My son and family reside in New York City.
I have tired but have ben unsuccessful to get the service required as the renewal of the i-194 service remains closed.
Would I be eligible to get an extension to attend my 12 year old granddaughters religious services and family reception to my presently issued 10-194 ir some other way to attend?

Arnold Leonard Varah replied 2 years ago   #6

This is indeed a new site as we have not been on the forum for a long time.

K SCOTT replied 4 years ago   #5

@Michelle Still cleaning up some of the older exchanges. It should be much easier to spot hacks and spammers although it's always going to be a fun challenge.

WaiverCan replied 4 years ago   #4

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